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Grape Type: Viura

Viura is a white grape variety also known as Macabeo. In Rioja, the name Viura is used. While Spain is the original origin of Viura and is used in Riojas, Malvasia, Garancha Blanca, and Parellada, the grape can also be found throughout Southern France as well, where it is known as Maccabeu. Viura is mostly used in sparkling wines, with dry and sweet characteristics. Viura allows for fragrant floral notes and  quite crisp (grapefruit) on the palate when picked early. If harvested later, the Viura juice is fuller bodied with notes of honey and nut. Viura is extremely popular in Catalonia’s Cava sparkling wines and is the main grape type in Rioja’s white wines. In France, Viura is used in white wines and sparklings of the Languedoc-Roussillon region, such as Corbieres, Minervois, Banyuls, and Maury. Viura is used mainly as a blending agent there. Viura is highly impervious to oxidation due to the high content of Resveratrol. This factor, combined with Rioja’s tradition of blending a certain amount of white grapes to their red wines, makes Viura an ideal component. 

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Amaren Rioja Barrel Fermented Blanco 2015

Amaren Rioja Blanco  is made from 85% Viura and 15% Malvasia

The demanding level that is set in Amaren requires that all the wines are produced in limited quantities. Vine plants are composed of small clusters which make perfect ripening possible with a high concentration of nuances. A wine with great aromatic intensity and elegance.

Color: Straw-yellow in color.
Nose: High aromatic intensity, blended nuances of syrup fruit and cake.
Palate: In the mouth it is smooth and round, with a high complexity of citric flavors (lemon peel), hints of pineapple, pipe tobacco and aromatic plants with a mineral and extremely elegant finish.


"This wine has real energy, freshness and plenty of depth. Ripe, smoothly-rendered fruits, white peach and lemon, and a Chablis-esque, stony finish. Works well. Drink now."
- James Suckling (Spain Tasting Report 2017), 92 pts

"Pale gold. Ripe pear and nectarine aromas show excellent clarity, picking up a lemon zest nuance and turning livelier with air. Silky, seamless and energetic on the palate, offering concentrated orchard and citrus fruit flavors given lift and spine by smoky minerality. A suave vanilla note comes up on the fragrant, extremely persistent finish, which leaves behind a juicy Meyer lemon note. - Josh Raynolds"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (May 2017), 91 pts

 Vinous Antonio Galloni: 91 92 Points

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Keermont Syrah 2014

This is an intense wine with a bright scarlet colour. Pure grapey aromas are complimented by red spices with some herbal and lavender notes. The palate is full and juicy, packed with ripe fruit and spice. The tight structure gives the wine a succulent finish with lingering flavours of anise, liquorice and a mineral saltiness. Drink 2013-2023.


"Three different sites on the Keermont farm - Steepside, Topside and Sweetwater - supply grapes for this intense, yet subtly oaked Syrah. Scented, spicy and refined, it has classic pepper grinder notes, sweet red fruit and a hint of black olive. 2018-24"

- Tim Atkin (South Africa 2017 Special Report), 94 pts

 94 Points